Updated Sep 15, 2022

How much does a Technical Writer make in San Diego, CA?

Updated Sep 15, 2022

Experience

Industry

$67,949 / yrTotal Pay
$63,874 / yrBase Pay
$4,075 / yrAdditional Pay

$67,949

 / yr
$44K$106K
Most Likely Range
Possible Range

The estimated total pay for a Technical Writer is $67,949 per year in the San Diego, CA area, with an average salary of $63,874 per year. These numbers represent the median, which is the midpoint of the ranges from our proprietary Total Pay Estimate model and based on salaries collected from our users. The estimated additional pay is $4,075 per year. Additional pay could include cash bonus, commission, tips, and profit sharing. The "Most Likely Range" represents values that exist within the 25th and 75th percentile of all pay data available for this role.

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Total Pay Trajectory

For Technical Writer in San Diego, CA

$67,949 /yr
Technical Writer
$85,564 /yr
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Related Job Titles

For Technical Writer in San Diego, CA

Some related job titles are Project Manager/Technical Writer Salaries with median pay of $85,776, Senior Technical Writer Salaries with median pay of $85,564, Technical Writer/Editor Salaries with median pay of $62,752, Technical Writing Salaries with median pay of $65,888.

Top Paying Companies

For a Technical Writer in San Diego, CA

Below is the total pay for the top 10 highest paying companies for a Technical Writer in San Diego, CA. Employers include Illumina, Intuit and ServiceNow.

1
Illumina
$98,904/yr
4
BD
$89,083/yr

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$95,827

 / yr

$82,712

 / yr

$47

 / hr

$78,544

 / yr

$82,112

 / yr

$89,083

 / yr

$47

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$81,614

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$92,890

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$78,591

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$38

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$87,847

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$37

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$83,220

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Top Paying Industries

For a Technical Writer in San Diego, CA

The top 4 paying industries for a Technical Writer in San Diego, CA are Pharmaceutical & Biotechnology with a median total pay of $98,904, Information Technology with a median total pay of $95,827, Manufacturing with a median total pay of $89,083 and Aerospace & Defense with a median total pay of $82,909.

IndustryTotal PayTotal Pay Insight
  • Pharmaceutical & BiotechnologyPharmaceutical & Biotechnology$98,904

    9% Higher than other industries

  • Information TechnologyInformation Technology$95,827

    7% Higher than other industries

  • ManufacturingManufacturing$89,083

    0% Lower than other industries

  • Aerospace & DefenseAerospace & Defense$82,909

    8% Lower than other industries

Pharmaceutical & Biotechnology

The top paying company in Pharmaceutical & Biotechnology for Technical Writer is Illumina.

IlluminaIllumina$98,904/yr

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What is the pay outlook for Arts & Design?

Jobs in arts & design are growing due to increased access to remote work. These jobs often require a bachelor’s degree and technical skills such as graphic design software, web-development and research. Salaries vary, as jobs tend to be short-term and contractual, offering workers flexible schedules and the opportunity to manage multiple projects at once.

How does the Technical writer salary in San Diego, CA compare to the national average salary in US for the same job?

The average salary for a Technical writer in US is $68,555 per year based on 4,844 salary contributions, which is 2.74% less than the salary for a Technical writer in San Diego, CA. The cost of living and the local demand for the work are among the factors affecting wages. The top 3 companies in US where a Technical writer gets the highest compensation are Intel Corporation, SMA, Inc. and Akima, LLC. Bigger companies typically pay 6.15% less than smaller companies for a Technical writer.

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Location

Total Pay

Base Pay | Additional Pay

Total Years of Experience

Years at Recent Employer

Submitted

Date or Time

Technical Writer

San Diego, CA

 | 1-3 years

$32

/hr

Submitted 2 days ago

1-3 years
2 days ago
Technical Writer

San Diego, CA

 | 1-3 years

$65,000

/yr

Submitted 2 days ago

1-3 years
2 days ago
Technical Writer

San Diego, CA

 | 1-3 years

$65,500

/yr

Submitted 3 days ago

1-3 years
3 days ago
Technical Writer

San Diego, CA

 | 15+ years

$95,500

/yr

$92K | $4K

Submitted 3 days ago

15+ years
3 days ago
Technical Writer

San Diego, CA

 | 4-6 years

$38

/hr

Submitted 3 days ago

4-6 years
3 days ago
Technical Writer

San Diego, CA

 | 4-6 years

$110,500

/yr

$106K | $5K

Submitted 3 days ago

4-6 years
3 days ago
Technical Writer

San Diego, CA

 | 1-3 years

$26

/hr

Submitted 3 days ago

1-3 years
3 days ago
Technical Writer

San Diego, CA

 | 1-3 years

$78,900

/yr

$71K | $8K

Submitted 4 days ago

1-3 years
4 days ago
Technical Writer/Editor

San Diego, CA

 | 1-3 years

$69,500

/yr

$68K | $2K

Submitted 5 days ago

1-3 years
5 days ago

Technical Writer pay FAQ in San Diego, CA

The average salary for a Technical Writer is $63,874 per year in San Diego, CA. Salaries estimates are based on 8336 salaries submitted anonymously to Glassdoor by a Technical Writer employees in San Diego, CA.

The highest salary for a Technical Writer in San Diego, CA is $98,289 per year.

The lowest salary for a Technical Writer in San Diego, CA is $41,509 per year.

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